PAHO urges testing as first step towards halting the AIDS epidemic

PAHO urges testing as first step towards halting the AIDS epidemic

HIV testing provides people with a unique opportunity to discover their HIV status and enables those diagnosed with HIV to rapidly initiate lifesaving treatment.

According to aids.ua, in 2019, more than one million rapid HIV tests will be delivered to Ukraine.

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day, which is marking its 30th anniversary today 1st December, is "Know your status". This tells us that scaling up treatment will not be enough to end AIDS as an epidemic by 2030.

The Telangana State AIDS Control Society organised several stalls giving information about AIDS, HIV, care and treatment extended to the HIV positive people.

The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

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Over 30 years ago, in 1986, World Health Organization first evaluated rapid diagnostic tests for HIV. More people living with HIV are now receiving treatment that is allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.

"As part of the Government Sexual Health Strategy, we are going to be expanding testing, making it more available around the country, stepping up education and awareness, trying to reduce the stigma around HIV, particularly around getting a test", he said. PAHO/WHO recommends that health systems expand options for HIV testing to include HIV self-tests and lay provider tests, which can be done at home, as well as in places other than health centres, with flexible hours and same-day results.

In 2018, a report by the National AIDS Control Program revealed new HIV infections in Ghana have recorded an alarming 70.15% increase in just one year.

- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

"We have made tremendous progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS". Only 50% of the nearly 37 million people living with HIV are receiving life sustaining HIV antiretrovirals. Self-testing, community-based testing and multidisease testing are all helping people to know their HIV status.

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